CMU Daily - on the inside Thursday 31st May
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Sony/ATV acquire Famous Music
- CBS acquire Last.FM
- Apple launch DRM free iTunes
- Appeal court back earlier ruling over Hendrix rights
- IP office favour FGTH
- We can't be sure who pulled the trigger: Spector trial update
- George Michael court case latest
- Fat Joe wanted for questioning
- Manson on Columbine
- Borrell records Friends Of The Earth track
- The Horrors release date pushed back a week
- Work begins on Divine Comedy album
- The Game only planning one more album
- Lloyd Webber would love to work with Eminem
- Dandy Warhol on being a rock mum
- Ozzfest confirm ways to buy in
- Iron Maiden announce charity show
- Aphex Twin, Julian Cope, Seasick Steve for Portishead nightmare
- Sunday Best night tonight at Fopp
- Seagull Strange dates
- My Device dates
- White plays surprise set
- Album review: Wighnomy Bros - Remikks Potpourri II
- Warner appoint new digital marketing director
- Deadline set for rival EMI bids
- GCap reveal plans for Capital turnround
- Radiocentre launch industry wide player
- Beth loves Kate
- Allen puts Cheryl stuff behind her

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TOP BIT>>
I promised you last week details of how you could take part online in the much previously reported and very CMU Recommended RockCouture auction which is being staged by our friends at BigTime as part of their Born To Rock venture in London tonight. Well, here are the details.

You can bid online in two ways, either by making an 'ahead of the auction' absentee bid right now, or by tuning in to the eBay Live Auctions website tonight at 9pm and bidding live online. For either way, you should go to http://www.ebay.co.uk/borntorock and follow the link through to the Born To Rock eBay Live Auction website, where you need to register.

As much previously reported, this auction stems from the previously reported Born To Rock exhibition that was at the core of the Harrods Rocks month at Harrods in London back in February. At the core of that exhibition was a collection of unique electric guitars, each one customised by a leading artist, designer or musician - with designs from the likes of Ronnie Wood, Rankin, David LaChapelle, Graham Coxon, Lord Richard Rogers, Sir Peter Blake, Jennifer Lopez and Bono all featured. It is those guitars which are now being auctioned, in aid of various charities, and in particular Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres.

The auction itself takes place at the Gibson Hall in the City of London tonight, supported by BT Vision and musical instrument insurers Allianz, and with Lord Dalmeny, Deputy Chairman of Sotheby's UK, set to wield the gavel. Thirty of these unique guitars will be up for auction in aid of charities including Amnesty International, Keep A Child Alive, the Variety Club Children's Charity and, of course, Maggie's. Guitars under the hammer include the one designed by photographer Rankin featuring one Heidi Klum striking a rather provocative pose, another designed by Bryan Adams featuring one Kate Moss strutting her stuff, one from David LaChapelle featuring model and burlesque artiste Amanda Lepore in the buff and one made by Patrick Cox, wrapped in python skin, plus the one you Londoners no doubt saw in the big Harrods Rocks ad campaign, Hedi Slimane's wonderful Union Jack guitar featuring more than 4,500 Swarovski Crystals.

Full information about the auction is at http://www.ebay.co.uk/borntorock while you'll find more info about Born To Rock at http://www.borntorock.tv.

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MYSPACE OF THE DAY: MAKOTO

We're giving Tokyo based jazzy drum & bass type Makoto Shimizu the MSOTD nod today because he returned just this week with his first album in four years - 'Believe In My Soul' - which is coming out via LTJ Bukem's Good Looking Records outfit. Two tracks off the new album are here to preview - 'Eastern Dub Part 2', which isn't as good as part one, which also appears on the long player, but which is a fine bit of drum & bass nevertheless, plus 'Waiting' which is, in our most humble of opinion (well, in Vigsy's most humble opinion, given that he is the Makoto champion round these parts) the best cut on the new long player - all mellow and tightly programmed. Also appearing here is 2005 track 'Golden Girl', plus Makoto's remix of London Elektricity's 'Rewind', which appeared on the 'Future Sound Of Tokyo' compo from Hospital. Plus there's all sorts of other info, including the full lowdown on the new album, plus news that he has now ended his exclusivity relationship with GLR and that he'll be announcing details of some new projects soon. Which all sounds exciting. Go see.

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SONY/ATV ACQUIRE FAMOUS MUSIC
Sony/ATV Music Publishing yesterday announced it had signed an agreement with media conglom Viacom to acquire the Famous Music publishing catalogue. The news follows nearly two months of speculation (you've all been speculating right? Well, we have) as to who would acquire the Famous catalogue, which Viacom announced it would sell back in April. Of the major publishing houses, Sony/ATV was seen as the most likely buyer because recently appointed CEO Marty Bandier is known to be leading an acquisition programme, but some did question whether the Sony Corp/Michael Jackson owned publishing firm would be able to afford to compete with the private equity firms known to be also interested in Famous.

Confirming the acquisition yesterday, Bandier told reporters: "The Famous Music catalogue is a world-class asset filled with evergreen songs that people know and love. The depth and breadth of the catalogue is what truly makes it great, and I strongly believe that the addition of the Famous catalogue and its songwriters to Sony/ATV is another step in our long-range growth plans. In addition, we are pleased to be entering the production music business through Famous' Extreme division. Extreme's valuable creative team and unique business model will be a terrific complement to our core music publishing business".

Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman added: "Famous Music is one of the iconic names in music publishing. We are very pleased that Sony/ATV Music Publishing has recognized its great value and potential. We have benefited greatly from the talent and experience of the very able management team at Famous Music, particularly its long time CEO, Irwin Robinson, as well as Ira Jaffe, President and Chief Operating Officer; and Margaret Johnson, Executive Vice President Finance and Administration. We know that Famous and its fine executives have many great days ahead and want to thank them for their tremendous accomplishments".

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CBS ACQUIRE LAST.FM
So, as reported yesterday, and confirmed yesterday afternoon, social music webby thing Last.fm has been bought by US media conglom types CBS. The takeover ends months of speculation (surely you were all speculating on this one right? Well, we were, though we do speculate a lot) that the London based independent was being courted by major media players. The online network, which enables users to discover and recommend music to others by tracking what music they play, has an estimated 15 million members, and was acquired by CBS for $280 million, making its three founders overnight multi-millionaires. Bastards (Not really, they're lovely. Lovely bastards).

One of those founders, Martin Stiksel, told reporters yesterday: "This move will really support us to get every track ever recorded and every music video ever made onto Last.fm. With a strong partner like CBS, this is now within our reach".

On how users of the up-until-now proudly independent music service would react to the involvement of a media conglom, Stiksel continued: "When we said revolution we mean that - we put the users in charge. CBS gets this. They understand that consuming media is changing, the patterns are changing".

CBS CEO Leslie Moonves added: "Last.fm is one of the most well established, fastest growing online community networks out there. They have a great management team that understands how to build an engaged and passionate community where users learn, discover and share music globally. Their demographics also play perfectly to CBS's goal to attract younger viewers and listeners across our businesses. Last.fm adds a terrific interactive extension to all of our properties and also is a huge step in CBS Corporation's overall strategy of expanding our reach online to transition from a content company into an audience company".

Last.fm will retain its own identity within the CBS group, and will continue to be run by its founders, Stiksel, Felix Miller and Richard Jones.

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APPLE LAUNCH DRM FREE ITUNES
So then, Apple has confirmed it has launched iTunes Plus, the all singing, all swinging, all super, all duper, all new DRM free music download service. It ends months of speculation... no, not really, we all knew this was coming for certain ever since EMI announced it was making its music available without DRM, initially exclusively via iTunes. Apple had said the new service would be live within May and they were right, just.

EMI are, of course, still the only major record company to have, so far, agreed to sell their music without all that digital rights management nonsense, although most indies are already selling music in non-DRM formats. As previously reported, the DRM free tracks available via iTunes Plus are also provided with enhanced sound quality, and retail slightly more expensively at 99p, compared to 79p for standard tracks.

Users have to 'opt-in' to the new service, but once they have done so all tracks in the iTunes catalogue available in the new format will only display in that format - ie, once opted in, users will have to manually switch back to the non-iTunes Plus system if they want to buy EMI music in the old format at the standard 79p per track.

Apple used the launch of the iTunes Plus service to call on the other three major record companies to follow EMI's lead and sign up to the DRM free service. Seemingly optimistic about getting other major labels on board, Apple boss Steve Jobs added: "Our customers are very excited about the freedom and amazing sound quality of iTunes Plus. We expect more than half of the songs on iTunes will be offered in iTunes Plus versions by the end of this year".

Apple has also launched a new service called iTunes U which will offer educational materials from universities - seemingly mainly American universities at launch.

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APPEAL COURT BACK EARLIER RULING OVER HENDRIX RIGHTS
The Court Of Appeal in London has upheld a 2006 decision regarding claims made by one John Hillman over some of the recordings of Jimi Hendrix. The decision being that he doesn't have any legitimate claim.

Hillman served as an attorney to Hendrix's manager Michael Jeffrey in the late sixties and early seventies, and oversaw a company called Yameta which acted as a Bahamian tax shelter for some of Hendrix and Jeffrey's affairs. Yameta was closed down after the deaths of both Hendrix and Jeffrey in the early seventies, but in the early nineties Hillman started to make some claims to ownership of Hendrix's music based on agreements from the early seventies. He even made agreements with other companies based on those alleged agreements - in particular with London label Purple Haze who attempted to release some unheard Hendrix recordings.

However, all of Hillman's claims were disputed by the Experience Hendrix company, the company run by Hendrix's estate which administrates the late singer/guitarist's music and trademarks. Having had legal run-ins with the likes of Purple Haze because of Hillman's deals, they took legal action against him directly, winning at the High Court last year. Hillman appealed the ruling that said he had no legitimate claim to Hendrix's musical legacy, but the appeal courts this week reaffirmed the original ruling.

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IP OFFICE FAVOUR FGTH
The UK Intellectual Property Office, which I'm sure is a fun fun place to work, has ruled that the original members of Frankie Goes To Hollywood can tour and perform under that name without the involvement or permission of original frontman Holly Johnson.

Four former FGTH members, including three original members, reformed back in 2005 in order to play at a concert celebrating the career of music producer and FGTH's label boss Trevor Horn. But Johnson didn't participate, in no mood to celebrate the producer and label boss he'd had a legal spat with in the late eighties. Johnson's decision motivated the other band members to stage a public audition for a new frontman, eventually recruiting Ryan Molloy. The reformed band then played a number of live shows and festivals after the Trevor Horn event, before beginning work on a new album.

However, a potential spanner was thrown into the works for the all new FGTH when Johnson, who had publicly disapproved of the new version of his band, applied for the FGTH trademark, claiming that he alone should have ownership of the name. Had he got that trademark he could have stopped the revamped band from using the FGTH name.

However, following an objection to Johnson's application by the other founder members, the aforementioned Intellectual Property Office has refused the former frontman's claim. A statement issued by the revamped band said yesterday that the IP Office ruled that "the goodwill in the name of the iconic group belonged to the band as an original partnership" and that, as a result, "it was not the property of any one of the band members" and therefore Johnson's application had been made in "bad faith". The decision means that the band, who had been performing as Forbidden Hollywood while the trademark dispute worked its way through the system, will be able to tour and release their new record as Frankie Goes To Hollywood.

Commenting on the decision, a representative of the band's lawyers Bristows, Brian Cordery, told CMU: "Band split-ups are always messy in terms of intellectual property. This is because young talent rarely thinks about the legal niceties of success or splitting. This was the correct decision, but it was a shame that it took litigation to get the right result". Not a shame for Bristows presumably, who I'm guessing didn't fight the band's case for free. Still, well done all of them.

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WE CAN'T BE SURE WHO PULLED THE TRIGGER: SPECTOR TRIAL UPDATE
Phil Spector's defence lawyer Christopher Piourd yesterday scored something of a mini-win while questioning coroner Dr Louis Pena in the ongoing Spector murder trail. As previously reported, Pena testified on Tuesday that he was convinced the death of actress Lana Clarkson at Spector's home in 2003 was homicide, mainly because of bruising on her tongue and arms which suggested someone had forced the gun that killed her into her mouth. But when questioned by Piourd yesterday Pena admitted he couldn't testify for certain as to who was holding the gun that killed Clarkson.

Looking for clarification, Piourd reportedly asked Pena: "Let's get it very basic. You can't tell who was holding the gun?"

To which Pena responded "That's correct".

However Pena said that the fact there was gun residue on Clarkson's hands didn't necessarily mean, as the defence argue, that she must have been holding the gun at the time it fired. Asked about the residue, he told the court: "There are two ways to look at it. It implies the person could have been holding a weapon at the time of discharge or could be in the vicinity".

Pena also admitted that a number of errors made at the crime scene may have concealed forensic evidence that could have helped provide more clues to exactly what happened in the moments before Clarkson's death. That included the way Clarkson's body was moved, so to allow blood to flow out of her mouth and soak the side of her dress, compromising evaluation of the garment for blood spatter. Also the loss of a tooth fragment which was seemingly the fault of a forensic dentist who broke a vial containing the bit of tooth. Whether that is the bit of tooth that the prosecution claim the defence later found and concealed I'm not sure.

The case continues.

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GEORGE MICHAEL COURT CASE LATEST
Prosecutors have told Brent Magistrates' Court that George Michael had a cocktail of drugs in his system when he was arrested back in October last year, after fellow motorists reported that the singer was slumped over the wheel of his car at a set of traffic lights in North London. The singer has, as previously reported, admitted driving whilst unfit, but his lawyers claim that his condition that night was caused by prescription drugs, and not illegal narcotics.

However, prosecuting lawyer Andrew Torrington says that tests showed that cannabis and GHB were in his bloodstream as well as a legal quantity of anti-depressant, though Michael's lawyer argued in response that GHB can be found in the blood even when the drug hasn't been taken. The judge, Katherine Marshall, said that the issue at stake was not the level of drugs intake, in fact, but his condition when discovered in the car. It was then, according to a BBC report, made clear that Michael could expect a penalty at the "upper end of the scale for this offence", which implies that a custodial sentence may not be out of the question, given that the charge he's pleaded guilty to carries a maximum penalty of six months in prison.

The singer was not in court yesterday, but will appear on 8 Jun, when his sentence will be decided. He has released a statement which reads: "I have accepted throughout this affair that I was not in a fit state to have been driving a motor vehicle in the early hours of 1 October 2006 and accordingly pleaded guilty to the charge of driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs before Brent Magistrates' Court on 8 May 2007. I am delighted that at today's hearing the court accepted that the proper approach to my case is that which I have always maintained, in that I was unfit through a combination of tiredness and prescribed drugs, and that I will be sentenced on this basis". Concluding by implying he wasn't expecting a custodial sentence that might affect his upcoming Wembley concerts, he said: "I would like to conclude by saying I am really looking forward to playing Wembley Stadium on 9 and 10 June".

Elsewhere in George Michael news, the singer has sent John Lennon's 'Imagine' piano - which he owns, of course - to Virginia Tech (where the massacre happened) as part of the instrument's previously reported peace promoting tour.

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FAT JOE WANTED FOR QUESTIONING
According to reports, police in Miami want to question rapper Fat Joe because they believe he witnessed a fatal shooting in the city's South Beach Area at the weekend.

Two men, Lessli Paz, 25, and Joey Navarro, 26 were shot dead following an altercation in a parking lot near a restaurant, allegedly by one Jermaine Chamberline. Paz was killed instantly, whilst Navarro was taken to hospital and died shortly afterwards.

Reports suggest that the two men were with Fat Joe in a rented Cadillac before the fracas broke out, and that the rapper was therefore a witness to the crime.

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MANSON ON COLUMBINE
Marilyn Manson has been talking about the Columbine School massacre back in 1999. As you may remember, Manson was accused of being a contributing factor in the tragedy, as shooters Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, who killed twelve students and a teacher before committing suicide, were fans of his music. Manson subsequently appeared in campaigning documentary maker Michael Moore's gun control film 'Bowling For Columbine'.

Speaking on The Orange Playlist he said: "I always knew that I never felt guilty or that I did something wrong. I despised people who accused me of doing that. The whole point of my name was to make a statement about the very same thing I was being blamed for. I almost feel cheated if Columbine is talked about and I'm not mentioned because I went through so much bullshit and torment, emotionally and personally, and so much concentrated effort to destroy me that I feel I'm being left out when I'm not mentioned. No one else can take credit for or take responsibility for what I already got blamed for. I don't wanna take responsibility because I already took it".

The interview will be screened tonight at 11.30pm.

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BORRELL RECORDS FRIENDS OF THE EARTH TRACK
Razorlight's Johnny Borrell has recorded a new track in support of Friends Of The Earth's previously reported The Big Ask campaign, which is calling for changes in the law which will mean that the UK makes a commitment to cut carbon emissions by at least three percent per year. 'Funeral Blues' was recorded by the singer, backed by a violinist, at The Premises in Hoxton - which is powered by 18 solar panels.

The track will be available from the Friends Of The Earth website for a limited period. See http://www.foe.co.uk.

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THE HORRORS RELEASE DATE PUSHED BACK A WEEK
The release date on the new single from The Horrors. 'She Is The New Thing', has been pushed back a week to 25 Jun, though you impatient types can check out the video to it right now here...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTgOe9Uda54

Elsewhere in The Horrors news, we hear that a fanzine dedicated to the band is coming out featuring a CD of frontman Faris Rotter's favourite girl group tracks. So, don't go telling us we didn't tell you.

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WORK BEGINS ON DIVINE COMEDY ALBUM
Neil Hannon's Divine Comedy collaborator Thomas Walsh has posted a message online saying that they're working on a new album, a follow up to last year's rather good 'Victory For The Comic Muse'.

Walsh says: "We've just done 11 days straight recording (or tracking as it's also known, not by me though!!) for the new album currently with the working title of '11 Modern Antiquities'!! I think that title may stick (feel free to tell me it's crap or tell me it's lover-ley)".

No release date has been suggested yet, but there's a list of songs which are to appear on the LP. Oh yes. You know you want them. And here they are:

Take Me Away
Cluster Bomb
Here
Your Friend
Limerance
The Canon And The Bell
My Genius
Your Friend
Song For You
At The Sea
Landsdowne Valley

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THE GAME ONLY PLANNING ONE MORE ALBUM
The Game seemingly says his next album will be his last in a recording for the fourth 'Beef' documentary being made by music and film producer QD3.

According to Allhiphop.com, The Game, real name Jayceon Taylor, says on the documentary: "I think three classic albums are good for me, you know? I got my point across. I was a prominent figure on the West Coast and a bigger figure in hip hop as a whole. I think I made my impact enough for my name to be said and remembered. [So], last album. One more to go".

Though don't expect to get the follow up to second album 'The Doctor's Advocate' anytime soon - he also says in the film: "Right now I'm taking a break from hip hop and enjoying time with my family and my friends".

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LLOYD WEBBER WOULD LOVE TO WORK WITH EMINEM
Andrew Lloyd Webber has told Heat magazine that he'd love to work with Eminem if he ever had the opportunity, but it doesn't sound like he's holding out much hope. The musicals composer told Heat magazine: "I don't know him well, but I have met him and think he's very intelligent." He adds, however, "I would think he'd probably want to do his own thing".

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DANDY WARHOL ON BEING A ROCK MUM
Dandy Warhols instrumentalist Zia McCabe has been talking about what it's like being a mother on tour. McCabe, whose two year old daughter Matilda is accompanying her on the road, says: "It's totally the popular time to be a woman with a career and a kid. I love that she's on tour with us and having a different upbringing".

Luckily for her, husband Travis Hendricks works and tours with the band, so the whole family can stay together, but the rest of the Dandies have had to get used to it. Apparently they've adapted pretty well though, despite having to moderate their language and behaviour in front of the toddler. "I definitely feel that it makes an impact on how enjoyable it is to be on the bus for everyone else',' McCabe says, "I feel kind of bad about that".

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OZZFEST CONFIRM WAYS TO BUY IN
Although this year's Ozzfest is going to be a free affair (as previously reported, the event will be primarily paid for by sponsors and tickets will be given away via various routes), organisers have announced details of a number of VIP packages through which rock fans who can't be bothered to participate in sponsor organised ticket giveaways can buy themselves into the US-wide touring fest. Though they'll have to have at least $300 to spare. The $300 package gets you into the festival plus access to a VIP lounge. For $666 (see what they did there?) you get to stand on the stage whilst Ozzy plays his set. Platinum VIP packages which include the opportunity to exchange nonsensical mumblings with Ozzy will be auctioned off.

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IRON MAIDEN ANNOUNCE CHARITY SHOW
Good friends of Ozzfest Iron Maiden (I don't imagine they'll be buying any VIP tickets following the 2005 debacle) have announced plans to play a relatively low key charity show at the Brixton Academy next month, on 24 Jun, with all proceeds going to an MS fund. Frontman Bruce Dickinson says that the special gig, which rounds off the band's current UK tour, will be their last for a year. He told reporters: "We added this final date to help continue the great work that the Clive Burr MS Fund has done. We've had an amazing time on this tour so far and the summer shows are shaping up to be something quite special in their own right. It promises to be a fun and special way to celebrate the end of the tour with all our friends who have supported us and Clive over the years."

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APHEX TWIN, JULIAN COPE, SEASICK STEVE FOR PORTISHEAD NIGHTMARE
Aphex Twin, Julian Cope and Seasick Steve are amongst the first artists confirmed for this year's Portishead curated ATP Nightmare Before Christmas. Also on the bill are the likes of Sparklehorse, Earth and Black Mountain.

The event takes place at Butlins in Minehead, of course, from 2-9 Dec. See here for info and all that: http://www.atpfestival.com/events/portishead.

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SUNDAY BEST NIGHT TONIGHT AT FOPP
I can't go to this, which is all kinds of irritating because there are three of my favourite bands performing in the intimate surroundings of the Fopp TCR café so I really really want to be there. Ah well, perhaps you could enjoy the pleasure. Sunday Best have another Fopp party at the TCR, London store tonight with Grand National, The Hat and the Dub Pistols Soundsystem feat Rodney P all doing their stuff, with the Sombrero Sound System spinning the tunes in between. Kicks off round about 6.30pm. I won't see you there. Darn it.

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SEAGULL STRANGE DATES
Not that I'm just cutting and pasting the next two stories in directly from the Shifty Disco e-newsletter, but two of the bands the Shifty Disco team are currently working with have a number of dates upcoming, and they are both rather good, so I thought I'd stick them in here. And hey, I had to reformat the dates into CMU style, so this wasn't an entirely lazy exercise. First up Seagull Strange, who's new single 'La La La Ley' is going down very well. Their upcoming dates are as follows:

31 May: Cafe Mamba, Taunton
1 Jun: Blueprint, Nottingham
3 Jun: Louisiana, Bristol
9 Jun: Valley Big Day Out, Chew Magna

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MY DEVICE DATES
Next up from the Shifty Disco bands doing live shows file, My Device, who have just gone into the studio to record their next album, but who are still finding time for the following live shows. Press info on both these from the Shifty Disco team.

7 Jun: The Barn, Cheltenham
9 Jun: Boileroom, Guildford
15 Jun: Greenhouse Effect, Brighton
19 Jun: Concorde2, Brighton (supporting The Enemy)
30 Jun: Metro, London

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WHITE PLAYS SURPRISE SET
According to reports, Jack White played a brief set at the Sonic Cathedral Club at London's The Social this week, without Meg White, but accompanied by percussionist Ben Swank. The star played just three songs, one of which was a new track from forthcoming White Stripes album 'Icky Thump'.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Wighnomy Bros - Remikks Potpourri II (Kompakt)
I'd not heard of allegedly well known production duo Wighnomy Bros before this CD found its way to my hands. so the fact this is their second compendium of remix work is as much news to me as the duo's existence at all is. Still, any compilation that features titans of electronic music such as Future Sound Of London, Underworld, Royksopp and Depeche Mode is generally alright with me (although the remixes do disembowel the originals significantly, so fans of the base artists may not like what the duo do with the tunes). The work ranges from ambient glitchtronica of the Warp/Skam/Morr variety (moody synth washes set to metronomic, subtle beats) to slightly more uptempo techno, although the whole thing is geared more for listening to than dancing, really. Some of the interpretations dispense with the tune, which is a shame because when they do work, they are right on the money. (The FSOL one is particularly lovely, but at just over three minutes, it's way too short). Overall, a pretty solid collection though. MS
Release date: 4 Jun
Press contact: Bang On [all]

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WARNER APPOINT NEW DIGITAL MARKETING DIRECTOR
Warner Music International has announced the appointment of one Piero Poli to the new role of Digital Marketing Director EMEA, with a key role in "enhancing WMI's digital marketing strategy" across the EMEA region, including developing b2b and direct to consumer viral type shenanigans and maximizing the exposure of Warner Music artists over those digital type channels.

Poli will report to VP Digital Business Eric Daugan, who said yesterday: "The creation of this position will bolster and broaden WMI's innovative digital marketing efforts, enabling greater synergy between on and off line marketing and driving new promotional and revenue generating activities. Above all, the strengthening of our digital marketing team will further enhance our ability to monetise our content across the myriad of ever-developing ways that people enjoy music. We are very pleased to welcome such a passionate, experience digital marketeer to WMI and Piero's creativity and commercial expertise will be invaluable in our ongoing transformation".

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DEADLINE SET FOR RIVAL EMI BIDS
Reuters are reporting that a 27 Jun deadline has now been set for anyone planning on submitting a competing offer for EMI - competing, that is, with the already EMI board approved offer from private equity types Terra Firma. Warner Music and the consortium led by former EMI chief Jim Fifield are both still expected to bid.

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GCAP REVEAL PLANS FOR CAPITAL TURNROUND
Recently appointed GCap London MD Fru Hazlitt has set out the latest set of plans to turn round the radio group's still struggling flagship station Capital Radio, following those expected disappointing end of year financials in which revenue was down 9%.

Former Virgin Radio boss Hazlitt told reporters and investors yesterday that she was confident Capital could fully recover through a combination of interactive platforms, customisable content, online communities and music recommendation tools - which is rather predictable given the current media climate, though it is probably the way forward, even though many of the innovative interactive and digital services offered by Capital's rivals, including Virgin, are yet to have any significant impact on RAJARs and therefore rate card and therefore ad revenues.

Commenting on the ongoing challenge of fixing Capital, Hazlitt told reporters: "In London, commercial radio is driven by three things - its music, its breakfast show and its London information. What we're seeing is that Capital performs very well in two of those - it has always done well with its London-ness. The breakfast show we know we have to keep progressing but it has been performing very well. We are still working on it but are very confident. And in the past with music, we tried to move genre but should have stayed with contemporary pop music because we know we don't have commercial competition in that genre".

On all the multimedia shenanigans she continued: "Radio now operates in a multiplatform environment. In the past it has operated on one platform that has been tightly regulated, but now it can operate in a space that is more like a free market and that's a huge advantage for powerful brands like Capital and Classic".

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RADIOCENTRE LAUNCH INDUSTRY WIDE PLAYER
Talking of online radio nonsense, the RadioCentre, the cross-sector body for commercial radio in the UK, has formally announced its new online radio player, which will enable people to access online radio services from all commercial broadcasters via one portal. RadioCentre boss Andrew Harrison hinted at the cross-sector one stop online player at a recent radio industry conference, but yesterday announced it proper, telling reporters: "The RadioCentrePlayer makes it easy for marketers, media agencies, city analysts and industry stakeholders to access online the full range of UK Commercial Radio stations available on the internet. Listeners can easily find, play, maintain, and share their personal interests and preferences. Although priority is given to 'linear' commercial radio - regular programming with presenters - there's a full range of content, including podcasts and we even also facilitate listeners' access to audio from the BBC".

The new player is a web-based tool that has been designed to be operating system and browser agnostic. Although focused on UK commercial radio it will also carry other radio services from around the world and BBC service. The player is currently being primarily promoted to b2b audiences before a proper public launch, but anyone can go test it out at http://www.radiocentre.org/player

Harrison continues: "The RadioCentrePlayer is a must have for all stakeholders. It covers all radio, while showcasing the vibrancy and diversity of the commercial radio sector. It has a user friendly interface allowing users to personalise their player and it allows users to access the typical things they would expect to get from their favourite radio station such as weather and news".

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BETH LOVES KATE
Beth Ditto has told NME that Kate Moss is great. The singer, who, as we possibly mentioned yesterday, appears naked on the cover of the current issue, told the magazine: "Kate is amazing. I spent one night talking to her and she just said the most amazing things about bodies. At first I didn't think I was going to like her, but she just turned up to one of our shows and said, 'Do you know what I hate Beth? I hate it when people tell my big girlfriends, 'You have a beautiful face...' I mean, that's a really radical concept."

She continues: "You can't hate a person for dieting, and you can't blame a person for feeling shit about themselves. You have to blame the machine that feeds it, the thing that makes people feel like that. There are lots of things that are part of that machine, and it's too easy to lay the blame at the feet of women - men don't know what it feels like to be a woman and be expected to look a particular way all the time. I had those conversations with Kate, and Kate agreed with me about it. She's a smart person".

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ALLEN PUTS CHERYL STUFF BEHIND HER
Lily Allen has written a post on her MySpace page in which she says that she's moved on from that much, much reported verbal spat with Girl Aloud Cheryl Cole nee Tweedy. "A lot has happened since the last time that I blogged". She said (well, it was something approximating that, anyway). "Obviously CHERYLGATE which was fun, but we have moved on".

On meeting Debbie Harry and Blondie because of that previously reported duet, she added: " I went to a rehearsal studio somewhere midtown to meet Debbie Harry and the rest of Blondie, we were singing 'Heart Of Glass' together on the Today Show the next morning. I am such a huge fan of theirs and it was really scary, to meet them. I thought they might hate me, and my paranoia was telling me that they'd been bullied into doing it with me by their record company, which was probably true , but if it was I couldn't tell. They were super nice, and made me feel really comfortable".

Bless Blondie. They're ace.

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